Lied Across Kansas Expansion

As a catalyst for the arts, creativity and engagement, it is a core part of the Lied Center’s mission to provide performing arts opportunities and experiences for those who might not otherwise have access. With that goal in mind, the Lied Across Kansas program was developed in 2015. Each season since, the Lied Center has brought one performing artist or group on tour to four arts-underserved communities in Kansas. During the tours, students, educators and community members are able to experience the arts in an enhanced way through workshops, performances and conversations with world-class artists—free of charge.

The Lied Center is thrilled to expand this impactful program in the 2020–21 season with two Lied Across Kansas tours, reaching eight different communities in Kansas.


Special thanks to the H. Neil Mecaskey, Jr. Foundation for making the very first gift to the Lied Across Kansas Forever endowed fund.


2020–21 Lied Across Kansas artists:

The Westerlies

April 2021 | Visiting Sabetha, Russell, Hoxie & Colby

The Westerlies is a New York-based brass quartet that explores jazz, roots and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrid music. In addition to the Lied Across Kansas tour, the ensemble will perform at the Lied Center on April 17, 2021.

Erik Kaiel/Arch 8

April 2021 | Visiting Stafford, Jetmore, Greensburg & Dodge City

Choreographer Erik Kaiel and dance company Arch 8 views theatrical traditions as a resource, using them to create new forms, then sharing these new forms in public, architectural and theatrical spaces. Performing as a dance duet for the Lied Across Kansas tour, their work is innovative and highly interactive.


Videos from past years:

2019/20 Jazzy Ash—Lied Across Kansas
5th year of Lied Across Kansas. Jazzy Ash is a celebrated children’s songwriter and music educator. Inspired by her New Orleans roots and early jazz music, Ash performs fun-filled and educational concerts for kids and adults, teaching audiences about New Orleans music and culture. The Lied Across Kansas outreach program visited rural schools and community centers in Salina, Hays, Russell and Sabetha, Kansas.